Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Physical Activity Levels of Independent Ambulators with Unilateral CP

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Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on physical activity levels measured with accelerometers for four days in 102 children with unilateral cerebral palsy (GMFCS I and II). In addition, data was collected on functional strength, 6-minute walk test (6MWT), mobility limitations (MobQues28), age, sex, Assessment of Life-Habits recreation domain, Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY) and environmental characteristics.

The results indicated the following:
1. younger age, male sex, increased performance on the 6MWT, and increased participation in the home and community measured using the PEM-CY were significantly associated with activity counts
2. the model fit was somewhat weak indicating that much of the variation was unexplained.
3. older age and reduced community participation were associated with high inactivity.

The researchers concluded that "physical activity interventions should primarily target adolescents and females. Walking endurance and participation in the home and community may represent modifiable characteristics to increase physical activity".

Reference: Mitchell, L. E., Ziviani, J. and Boyd, R. N. (2014), Characteristics associated with physical activity among independently ambulant children and adolescents with unilateral cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.1256

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